Review: Clockwise by Elle Strauss
Author: Elle Strauss
Publisher: ESB Publishing
Publication Date: November 21, 2011
Genre: Paranormal, time travel, young adult
Source: from Author
Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this --she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward.Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just “brotherly” protectiveness?
Clockwise by Elle Strauss is a wonderful story about an extraordinary girl named Casey Donovan who can time travel. However as cool as that sounds she can't go anywhere she wants to. She travels back to a specific place around the same time, the 1800's. The only other person who knows of her ability is her best friend, Lucinda. In fact when Casey time travels, no matter how many days she's gone, only a few seconds pass in real time. The only evidence that anything happened to Casey is the dark circles under her eyes.
Casey is a very strong character. She thinks fast on her feet. She's smart and empathetic to others and the girl has some pretty impressive skills. Her home life is a bit more troublesome. Her parents are on the verge of getting a divorce, her brother is getting into trouble, and the guy she has a huge crush on, Nate, doesn't even knows she exists until she accidentally takes him with her to the 1800's. Nate's reaction is to the whole event is funny. At first Nate is a big jerk. I couldn't understand why Casey would like him other than because he's hot. However as the story progressed, Nate's character really shines.
One of the impressive things about this book is the historical element. Nate and Casey spend a lot of time in to the 1800's where everything is so unlike what the characters are used to. Elle Staruss captures the essence of the time period. Clockwise is a captivating tale that will leave you wanting more. I enjoyed every minute of it. I have to say the ending surprised me. I did not see it coming. I definitely will be reading the sequel.
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